Spanish police have arrested eight members of a gang they say is engaged in trafficking hashish and transporting migrants from the North African enclave of Melilla to the Spanish mainland.
The National Police and Civil Guard said they had begun a joint investigation last September. They confirmed that a criminal network was transporting drugs from Morocco to the Andalusian coast. The same group also transported migrants to the peninsula, charging each person €2,000 to make the journey across the Mediterranean in speedboats.
Those arrested were Spanish and Moroccan nationals. Two other suspects were under investigation, according to authorities.
Police also seized three speedboats, 335 kilograms of hashish, 17 vehicles, and seven mobile phones.